I am thrilled to be writing you today to applaud Pope Francis’ encyclical on reversing climate change. The document clearly articulates the need to limit fossil fuel pollution as a way to protect humanity and the natural world. I couldn’t agree more.
As a Catholic, I believe we have a moral obligation to protect the health of all people and be faithful stewards of Creation. Carbon pollution is not only making our kids sick with asthma and other illnesses, it’s driving climate change that’s causing hardship for children and families over the globe.
An encyclical is a letter from the pope that, in recent decades, has typically been addressed to “all people of goodwill.” Pope Francis’s encyclical on ecology and climate change draws from the deep well of Church teaching on these issues. St. John Paul II spoke about human-caused climate change in 1990, and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI spoke about climate change and sustainability many times. Even before that, US bishops wrote about the threat of climate change in 1981 in a statement on energy.
I am blessed to live on a beautiful piece of land in Adams County and want to make sure that my children grow up free to play outdoors and enjoy all Colorado has to offer. As a mom and a Catholic I am looking forward to a year of supporting my children and praying for our earth. I hope you all will join me in doing all we can take care of our earth, our children and our future.
– Robin O’Dorisio